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Would you like to support improvements to footcare in the North East and North Cumbria?

The North East and North Cumbria Diabetes Footcare Network are looking for new members with lived experience of diabetes footcare in the region



We're working with the North East and North Cumbria Diabetes Clinical Networks to support their review of patient involvement. As part of that wider piece of work. we're also supporting the Northern Diabetes Foot Network to find new members who have lived experience of diabetes footcare. This is a voluntary, unpaid role, but out of pocket expenses, such as travel, will be paid.

What is the Northern Diabetes Footcare Network?

In the North East and North Cumbria there is a long established diabetes footcare network. The Northern Diabetes Footcare Network brings together healthcare professionals from across the North East and North Cumbria, as well as representatives from local education establishments, Diabetes UK, and people with lived experience of diabetes footcare, to help improve and shape the future of footcare services.

The involvement of people with lived experience of diabetes footcare in the network helps to make sure that their views and experiences are taken into account in the planning and delivery of the Network’s work.

Who can be involved?

You don’t have to be a professional or have any experience of networks, but you must live in the North East or North Cumbria area and have personal experience of using diabetes footcare services. This could be direct experience, or experience of supporting someone you care for who has needed these services.

What is involved?

By becoming a network member, you will have the opportunity to be involved in regional improvements to diabetes footcare and treatment. The network will provide support and guidance to help you. They can also support you to access training, like the NHS peer leaders development programme, if this is something you'd like to do.

You'll need to attend the network meetings and contribute to network discussions, based on your own lived experience of diabetes footcare. The network meetings are for 2 hours, usually 2-4pm on Fridays, 4 or 5 times a year.

The network meetings will all be online for now, but maybe in-person in due course. It is likely that joining future in-person meetings via an online link will be possible, so you will have the choice of attending in person or online depending on what suits you.

The network can provide support to help you access online meetings if you need it. You may also be asked to review documents between meetings and provide feedback based upon your own lived experience. You will be paid for any reasonable out of pocket expenses, such as travel.

I’m interested - What do I do next?

If you would like more information about this opportunity, please have a look at this information document (51.1KB). If you would like to talk to someone about it please contact Kate Mackay on or 07980 650426.

If you are interested in becoming a network member please complete the short form at the end of the information document and return to Kate Mackay by 10th December.

We can help you to complete and return the form if needed. Just get in touch with Kate Mackay on the email and number above or with Rachel Martin on or 07721 261165.

We will be in touch with people who submit a form early in January 2022 to talk about what happens next.




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